Final OT

Series (Game 3 of 4)

Anaheim leads 4-0

Game 1: Friday, December 10th
Game 2: Friday, February 11th
Game 3: Sunday, March 20th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 30th

Flames 4

(37-27-10, 84 pts)

Ducks 5

(40-27-5, 85 pts)

8:00 PM ET, March 20, 2011

Honda Center, Anaheim, California

1 2 3 OT T
CGY 1 2 1 04
ANA 3 0 1 15

C. Perry (Ducks - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

T. Selanne (Ducks - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

T. Kostopoulos (Flames - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

Flames-Ducks Preview


The Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames are just outside of playoff position in the Western Conference.

One of them could change that Sunday night -- and for more than seven years, a meeting at Honda Center would give that advantage to Anaheim.

The Ducks look to continue their home dominance over the Flames as they continue a crucial season-ending stretch against playoff contenders.

Anaheim (39-27-5) is tied with Calgary (37-27-5) for ninth in the West, one point behind Chicago and Nashville -- currently tied for seventh. They're all part of a logjam in a conference that has seven teams separated by six points while vying for the final five playoff spots.

"It's a fun time of the year to play," Anaheim goaltender Ray Emery said.

The Ducks are in ideal position to move among the top eight, as they've won 12 in a row at home over the Flames since Jan. 19, 2004. They won the most recent meeting there, 3-2 in a shootout Dec. 10, before taking a 5-4 decision at Calgary on Feb. 11.

Anaheim's streak against the Flames includes eight one-goal victories, and the team is a league-best 24-8-5 in games decided by that margin this season. The Ducks also are one of the toughest hosts in the conference with a 22-12-2 mark while winning five of its last seven at the Honda Center.

Success in close games continued when Corey Perry scored his team-leading and career-high 37th goal 1:32 into overtime of Saturday's 2-1 win over Los Angeles. That started a 12-game season-ending stretch that includes 11 meetings with teams in the playoff race.

"It's going to come down to the wire," Perry said. "You look at the standings, and teams that are all around us are winning, so we've got to win our fair share of games because every point is crucial."

Perry has been red-hot over the last five games, scoring six goals with two assists. He has three goals and five assists in 11 home matchups with Calgary.

The Flames are trying to generate some momentum heading into their final nine games of the regular season. They're coming off Thursday's 5-2 win against last-place Colorado, snapping a three-game slide.

Now, Calgary opens a four-game road trip with the first three coming in a four-day span against California-based clubs before heading to Edmonton.

"This is our season. If we do well on this trip, we're in position to solidify our chance to make the playoffs," left wing Alex Tanguay said. "If we go out and lose three we take away our chances. We're all very aware of what we're going to need to do in the next few days."

Jarome Iginla scored twice against the Avalanche, ending a four-game goal drought. However, Calgary's captain has one goal in his last nine visits to Anaheim.

With 32 goals, Iginla needs one more to surpass last season's total. However, he's not the only Flame to struggle in Anaheim.

Miikka Kiprusoff has lost eight in a row there, compiling a 3.39 goals-against average since winning the second game of his career while with San Jose on April 8, 2001. Only 12 of his 33 wins this season have come on the road.